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Going to Jail for Life: On the Blockade of the Planned Parenthood Abortion Facility

by Anne Rampa, Australia

I am not a perfect person. There are times when I behave badly, speak wrongly, make mistakes, rashly act in fear or frustration. I do not claim any sort of moral superiority-I don’t have it-I have shame instead.

I am ashamed. I know very well what it is to be guilty of wrong-doing.

It is in this knowledge that I humbly stand in the driveway of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility.

There is no such thing as an innocent bystander. If we “stand by” while appalling atrocities are committed against others, then we are guilty of co-operation by inaction.

And abortion is extreme violence against vulnerable human beings with no voice of their own.

I am also a busy person with much to do, and much I enjoy doing. I have four children under seven years old, and a teenage foster daughter. I also share my home with needy women and children, and have many visitors.

It is only the reality of what is going on at Planned Parenthood that has the power to move me to sacrifice my time and energy, my own home life, my equilibrium, my friendships-all of which are totally disrupted by my action there.

Why bother?

Because I am utterly convinced of the humanity of the unborn child. To succumb to my own fears instead of proclaiming this by my actions, is to make the same mistake as those seeking to abort their unborn children. Every fear and reason I have for not intervening to stop the deaths of these children can be the same ones used by their parents for doing the same. To directly intervene and try to stop someone getting hurt or killed is the most natural, normal, good thing one person can do for another.

If there was a baby on the road in front of the clinic and I rushed into the traffic to save it, it would be regarded as the sane, right thing to do. But because I am on the driveway of an abortion clinic, many are suddenly confused about such an action.

Our collective guilt at turning a blind eye to abortion has reached the point where we even ignore the most blatantly obvious murder of partially born babies. Dr Grundmann is the only abortionist in Australia using the grotesque technique of partially birthing a baby over 20 weeks gestation, then puncturing its head and sucking out its brain to deliver its head.

He calls this cranial decompression.

Let’s look in the face the levels to which we have sunk.

Let’s turn back now that we know it, see it, feel it.

Let’s rescue the children, without violence, despite all our other concerns and the busyness of our lives.

Our lives depend on it too. By so devastatingly devaluing life in the womb, we debase our own, and all of humanity.

The right to live, to exist at all, is the most basic right of all.

Houston Catholic Worker, Vo. XVIII, No. 5, September-October 1998.